Originally from Wisconsin, I moved to Colorado in 2005 in order to get closer to the mountains and rock climb. When it occurred to me that I would never make money with that hobby, I went to grad school. I received a masters in English and American Literature from New York University in May of 2009. I have since then opted not to pursue a PhD, for studying and writing about wine is far more fascinating (well, perhaps not moreso than Virginia Woolf, but still… for the long haul?). My favorite wines come from the old world, especially the Rhone, Burgundy, Rioja, Piedmont, and Tuscany. I am also smitten with roses, Italian hard-to-pronounce white varietals, and dessert wines from around the world. By day I run a wine shop. By nite, I sip and tell. It’s rough… but someone must do this.
ahausman has written 200 posts for the persistent palate.

a reason to write: a visit with emidio pepe

Every now and again, you encounter a moment… a day in your life that you instantly realize will forever be apart of you. Beneath the books, flashcards and tastings that have come to swallow my life in the past couple years, today was a day that caused me to pause and really reflect on why … Continue reading

euro scribbles: a gay ol’ time in gordes, provence.

The last few days, I put the pen down and decided to just take everything in… Provence will do that to a person, insisting upon one to slow down, feel the sun, savor a glass of rose dripping with dew and just… be. We ascended into the town of Gordes late at night just a … Continue reading

euro scribbles: a quaint encounter with conques.

Well, I’ve been utterly enchanted by this medieval village… despite the fact that I never saw one monk. Last night saw a simple dinner of sausage, salad and aligot (basically the best mashed potatoes with cheese you will ever eat) at the Hotel Saint Foy in the center village. It was a warm, balmy evening, … Continue reading

euro scribbles: a taste of southwest france.

To be honest. I could breathe a bit better upon leaving Tarbes. I am not certain what, but that place had a creepy hand on my shoulder during my stay. I never was quite settled (aside from that one moment in the church of St. Jean Baptiste). A three hour journey to Conques was well-received … Continue reading

euro scribbles: a mystical, hardcore woman in man-town.

Perhaps it had to do with Jesus, but today–a bright, gorgeous Monday morning– certainly wore a more flattering hue as I gave the streets of Tarbes another try. I began with a run through the Jardin Massey among well curated flower gardens and manicured trails. After a quick rinse, I made the wise decision to go … Continue reading

euro scribbles: tumbling into tarbes.

There is a startling frankness, a raw brutality that is engendered in human nature when one’s personal space is threatened. Possibly no better a place to observe this phenomenon than Charles de Gaulle airport outside Paris. Here, like trout frantically moving upstream to spawn, we fight to get past one another, oblivious of age, ability … Continue reading

euro scribbles: a resurfacing of old writings on southwest france

As I searched my old posts for a short entry on food in Pau, I was adamant that I had written one, alas I could not find it. Turns out, it was never posted. Here is a short snippet from last year’s journey to Pau, where I will find myself again in a few short … Continue reading

euro scribbles: new sites, sounds and stories to unfold in france…

For the first time in years, I find myself in France without my (full) focus on wine. This go around, as I follow the Tour this coming week, I hope to discover segments of its soul that are as old as wine itself in this country through pieces of architecture and culture that were sculpted alongside … Continue reading

euro scribbles: bits, bites and sips in the north of france…

Just a few recommendations if you are traveling to the Touraine (Chinon, Vouvray), Sancerre area or Burgundy in the near future… Chinon  Sleep:  Air B&B We found a 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom house on the center of the village for nearly 100 euro per night! A tremendous value if traveling with family or if you are looking … Continue reading

euro scribbles: never enough time in the north of france…

This trip so far has been nothing short of a whirlwind. Each days begin at 7 am and end at 1am. Meeting such devoted winemakers…  farmers or better yet artisans, really… is very humbling. It’s easy to imagine their lives are full of ease and whimsical evenings of kicking back an aged bottle they made … Continue reading